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Upcoming Southern California Kite Events

I am reposting this, courtesy of Glen Rothstein.

For lesson planning information about kite flying, please see

http://www.amonco.org/spring4/montessori_spring4.pdf

>>Hi Gang.

Even when it rains, you can still fly a kite (indoors) or read about upcoming events. Here’s a few if you’re interested:

Mother Nature is putting a damper on the 66th Annual Ocean Beach Kite Festival, however, it has been rescheduled to Saturday, May 10th.

Next weekend, March 8th & 9th is Huntington Beach’s Kite Party 12. I understand the “in-field” reservations are full, however there is a standby list. – http://www.kiteconnection.com/

The 40th Annual Festival of the Kite in Redondo Beach is that Sunday as well. Here’s a note from the shop owner, Tom:

This year will make the 40th annual Festival of the Kite, Sunday March 9th, we’ll have live music, Martial arts demonstrations, A regional yo-yo competition, performance by Dance one of Redondo Beach, Hot dog on a stick eating contest with a $200 prize for the winner, prizes for the Highest flying kite, best handmade kite, the youngest kite flyer of the day, and the youngest at heart, there will be music pumped to the beach, and we’ll have something going on throughout the day on the Pier and south of the Pier on the beach, noon to 4PM, this will be our biggest event ever, free and open to everyone.

Thanks, Tom Fine

Sunshine Kite Company

110 Fisherman’s Wharf

Redondo Beach, California
310-372-0308

http://www.pierkites.com

The San Diego Kite Club has a few additional events in March as follows:

Saturday, 3/22 – Up in the Air 2014 – Mission Viejo – Norman P. Murray Community Center. This event continues to gain momentum each year.

Friday, 3/28 – Indoor Fly – Alliant University Gymnasium, off Pomerado Road, near I-15. I am so pleased to see an indoor event “down here”. The Club is sharing the facility with a model airplane club. There will be a small fee per flier and trust me, it will be well worth it. I’m heading down for this and you should too!

Saturday, 4/12 – Fan for Life – Join the Club as they once again, build kites with the kiddies and support this great cause.

More info on these events at www.sandiegokiteclub.com

Speaking of April and National Kite Month, we have a total of 3 events happening on Sunday, 4/13.

The 3rd Annual Otis Kite Festival brings Artisans from near and far to share their designs with the youth groups that Otis College of Art and Design works with. On hand with be the likes of Tom Van Zant, George Peters, Melanie Walker, Tyrus Wong, Jose Sainz, Ali Fujino, Ron Gibian and Bobby Stanfield. Truly a world class show. This will be on the beach, North of the Santa Monica Pier. – (310) 846-2617

Rolling up the coast a bit in Santa Barbara will be the 29th Annual Santa Barbara Kite Festival. – https://www.facebook.com/sbkitefest

Continuing up the 101 will have some of us at the 5th Annual Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum’s Family Fun Fly. – http://www.smvdiscoverymuseum.org

I’ll update you on Morro Bay shortly.

IF you have an event for NKM, be sure to register it at www.nationalkitemonth.org.

Fly safe and stay comfy.

Best Wishes and Winds,

glen

Glen E. Rothstein – Director – Region 12
American Kitefliers Association
www.aka.kite.org

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Upcoming Southern California Kite Flying Events

Greetings Family and Friends.

 

I have the privilege of telling you that while the rest of the country starts cooling down, Kiting in Southern California is heating up!

 

4 unique events are happening and I will assure you that each will bring you great joy.

 

#1

 

The 17th Annual Japan America Kite Festival rolls into Seal Beach, next Sunday the 20th. Besides the glorious displays of flying fabric, sport kite demos and international culture, there will be expanded entertainment and one of the latest food crazes, Ramen Burgers. And again this year, FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE will be offered, as the parking lot gets full early in Seal Beach.

 

#2

 

It was a decade ago that the Japan America Society jumped in to help us grow this event. We obviously can not thank them enough for their efforts and support. If you’re not familiar with them, they are one of those organizations that works tirelessly throughout the year putting on events to educate and entertain people of all ages, regardless of heritage. On the evening of Wednesday, October 23rd, you have the chance to wine and dine with Kite Master Mikio Toki at Mattel Headquarters in El Segundo. World class kites and world class food. This is a one of a kind event and you don’t want to miss out. I hope to see you there.

 

#3

 

Kids and Kites…They go together. On Saturday, November 9th, we’ll be at the grand reopening of Horseshoe Lake in the County of San Bernardino, near Victorville and Hesperia, off I-15. This will be the first of what will hopefully become an annual event. Expect Show Kites, Sport Kite Demos, Kids Craft Kites and Flying, Tail Chases, Candy Drops, Kite Hospital, Vendor Lesson Area and a Kite Shop Vendor. I’ve been to the site and you will be hard pressed to find a better venue for this type of event.

 

#4

 

An event in the works at the Pasadena Museum of History. Wednesday, November 20th kicks off “Kites, Wings & Other Flying Things. This will be an ongoing exhibit of the history of flight within the Pasadena area as well as soup to nuts kiting. This display and related functions will run through the middle of April, which happens to be National Kite Month. I am directly involved in it and I am beyond words as to the honor and cool factor of yet another one of a kind presentation that this is becoming. As we get closer, I’ll have more information for you.

 

There you have it. I know we’re all busy. Try to crowbar in some kite time. It’s good for you.

 

Best Wishes and Winds,

 

 glen

 

 Glen E. Rothstein – Director – Region 12

 

American Kitefliers Association

 

www.aka.kite.org

 

https://www.facebook.com/akasocial?fref=ts

 

To learn more about kite flying, read Up, Up and Away – The Art and Fun of Kite Flying AMC Montessori Summer Hands-On Newsletter Part I – American …

 

Heidi Spietz

 

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Learning is a Picnic! Part Two-Adventures and Activities

“The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things.”  Plato

A picnic is a wonderful opportunity for both children and adults to observe and enjoy nature.  While you eat, as well as before and after your meal, it is fun to keep your eyes and ears open for wildlife, insects, changing sky conditions, and more. 

If you are new to birdwatching, or want some kid-friendly tips, please refer to Sanford R. Wilbur’s “Birdwatching with Kids” interview. http://www.amonco.org/spring1/montessori_spring1.pdf

Birdcage Press also offers a fun card game and book set, Backyard Birds, which you could use in conjunction with your birdwatching adventures. http://www.amonco.org/summer5/montessori_summer5.pdf  

For younger kids and hands-on explorers, botany might be a more rewarding pursuit than bird or wildlife watching.  You need almost no equipment, you don’t need to stay quiet, and your subjects will not fly or scamper away while you are studying them! Make sure you are familiar with poison oak, poison ivy, stinging nettle or any other plants in your area which students should not handle.  Then, get more study ideas from Sara L. Ambarian in her article, “Nurturing Budding Botanists”. http://www.amonco.org/Botanists.pdf

“Whole body learners” (for more, see http://www.amonco.org/summer5/montessori_summer5.pdf ) might really “dig” geologic explorations. Examining soil and rock formations often requires a lot of walking around and getting your hands dirty. Don’t think that you need to have a location with really dramatic geologic features like boulders or cliff faces in order to have a rewarding geology adventure. You can learn a lot from looking at variations in the color and texture of soil or gravel areas, the sizes and composition of rocks along a river bed, the shapes of surrounding hills or mountains, etc. Visit the following website from Rochester, New York, for some fun ideas to get kids started enjoying rocks and minerals. http://rochester.kidsoutandabout.com/content/getting-kids-rockhounding  

Geology enthusiasts will also enjoy the Hobby Lobby story found here: http://www.amonco.org/summer2/montessori_summer2.pdf .

Another great way to enjoy a day outside is to immortalize it in art. Before going, you might invest some time preparing with an art study program like that found in Coyote Creek’s video series “Drawing Nature”. http://www.coycreek.com/drawingnaturevol2drawinglessonsforbeginners.aspx

Other fun outdoor activities that give children an opportunity to move around and might be appropriate for your picnic location are kite-flying and beachcombing. Find lots of ideas and resources on these subjects in “Up, Up and Away—The Art and Fun of Kite Flying” and “Classified Seashell Activities and Resources”. http://www.amonco.org/summer/montessori_summer1.pdf

For learning opportunities involving weather and sky conditions, check out these informative links from the National Weather Service. http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ffc/?n=teacher

When you’re done eating and exploring, you may want to make a memento to remember the outing. This site has some fun outdoor crafts listed in their sections for “backyard”, “beach craft”, “camping and picnic”, etc. http://familycrafts.about.com/od/summercrafts/a/summermn.htm

Here are a few other selected outdoor craft ideas for students young and old: 

Tree Rubbings Collage http://www.busybeekidscrafts.com/Tree-Rubbings-Collage.html

Pretty pencil pinwheel http://crafts.kaboose.com/pretty-pencil-pinwheel.html ,

Fun Floral Straws http://www.marthastewart.com/355464/fun-floral-straws?czone=holiday/sixty-days-of-summer/party-ideas&center=276964&gallery=275330&slide=355464

Families or other groups can extend the outdoor fun, and help a good cause, too, by joining the National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Backyard Campout.  Find out more about the program at: http://www.nwf.org/Get-Outside/Great-American-Backyard-Campout.aspx

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Montessori Springtime Nature and Science Activities

Spring is an excellent time to get the children in our lives interested in and excited about science and nature.

Last year we interviewed ornithologist Sanford R. Wilbur for some tips about how to start children out in the engrossing activity of birdwatching. You don’t need to spend a lot of money or have any previous “birding” experience in order to help kids with ornithological studies.  Mr. Wilbur makes it fun and easy with his suggestions. http://www.amonco.org/spring1/montessori_spring1.pdf

Dale Gausman from the North American Montessori Center gives more useful suggestions in his article, “Introducing a Bird Feeder”. http://www.amonco.org/spring4/montessori_spring4.pdf

Spring weather is often perfect for burning off some energy and getting some fresh air while kite flying.  It is a fun hands-on activity with great science and exercise opportunities. Check out our information and links in “Up, Up, and Away – The Art and Fun of Kite Flying”, as well as our seashell classification activities (another fun spring science project) here: http://www.amonco.org/spring4/montessori_spring4.pdf

Another classic outdoor activity for kids (and adults) is blowing soap bubbles. It’s an inexpensive, simple activity that teaches some interesting lessons about gravity, light waves, hydrogen bonding and other chemistry and physics concepts. It’s also an activity that is beautiful and entertaining.  Add a younger sibling or family dog to the scene, trying to catch the bubbles, and you really have some fun! For more ideas and some recipes for making your own bubble solution, visit these websites: http://www.exploratorium.edu/ronh/bubbles/bubbles.html and http://www.bubbleblowers.com/homemade.html

Indoors or out, photography can provide the basis of many engaging and educational hands-on activities, when you choose age-appropriate equipment.  Rae from Creative Process suggests some interesting photography projects in her “Picture-A-Day and Time Lapse Photography Idea”.  http://www.amonco.org/spring2/montessori_spring2.pdf

 

For a great round-up of nature-oriented educational activities, be sure to read the listing from Diana Nuack of Nature’s Workshop Plus, available here: http://www.amonco.org/spring8/montessori_spring8.pdf

Need more spring activity ideas? http://www.activities-for-kids.net/spring-activities-for-kids.html

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When the outdoor fun is finished, there are lots of ways to expand on what you learned.

John Grunder from Exploration Education has shared two great science experiments.  “I CAN’T TAKE THE PRESSURE!” teaches Bernoulli’s principle in a fun and easy way with common household items.  His “Needle-Proof Balloon” experiment teaches about molecular bonds. http://www.amonco.org/spring3/montessori_spring_3.pdf

It is useful and easy to reinforce science and nature themes through both fiction and non-fiction reading.  Frances Hodgson  Burnett’s “The Secret Garden” is an especially appropriate subject for spring reading, because the garden and the children both transform and “bloom” as the book proceeds.  For more outdoor-oriented fiction,  many of the titles suggested by Sara L. Ambarian for summer reading would also be good inspiration for spring nature science projects and exploration.  http://www.amonco.org/Classic.pdf  Find some fun spring poetry here: http://www.dltk-holidays.com/spring/poem/index.htm

Back in the house or classroom, why not try the map of the world project from Draw Your World’s Marie and Kim to help students process and understand scale and geography.  http://www.amonco.org/spring5/montessori_spring.5.pdf

Have fun this weekend, checking out these wonderful resources.

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The Japan America Kite Festival is Almost Here

The annual The Japan America Kite Festival will be held on October 3rd. American Montessori Consulting is not affiliated in any way with the Kite Festival. I attended the festival two times, and I feel that everyone should attend, at least once!! 🙂

To learn more abut Seal Beach, kite flying and numerous kite flying lessons and resource links, please visit www.amonco.org/summer/montessori_summer1.pdf and http://www.vckf.org/index.html

Please read below, to learn more about the special upcoming event.

Two big announcements from Janis Sabic and Glen Rothstein

Southern California’s Largest Kiting Event!

Sunday, October 3 11am – 4pm
North Side of Seal Beach Pier
Free Admission!

Come with family and friends to enjoy Japanese and international kites of all sizes and colors! Kite Workshop and games for Children, Japanese food & cultural booths, 50′ x 100′ Giant Show kites, Taiko drum performance, Kite Candy Drops for kids, Kite Battles and Stunt Kite demonstrations and much more!

Co-presented by Japan America Society of Southern California and Up Up and Away Kite Club

For all the latest information go to: http://www.kiteclub.org
For Information call: Up Up & Away Kites (562) 596-7661
As always – I hope to see you all down at the beach flying – Have a great 2010
Remember: “Imagination is the Highest Kite One Can Fly” Lauren Bacall

Lots of good wishes your way,
Janis Sabic – Your Kite Club President

PLEASE PRINT AND HAND OUT TO EVERYONE YOU CAN See http://www.amonco.org/Kite FestivalFlyer.pdf

*****Volunteers Needed on Sunday*****

October 3rd for the Kite Festival at 6:30 AM to help set up fields and everything else – Please just show up on the right side on the Seal Beach Pier in the parking lot – Thanks tons  in advance

Southern California’s Largest Kiting Event!

Sunday, October 3 11am – 4pm
North Side of Seal Beach Pier
Free Admission!

Come with family and friends to enjoy Japanese and international kites of all sizes and colors! Kite Workshop and games for Children, Japanese food & cultural booths, 50′ x 100′ Giant Show kites, Taiko drum performance, Kite Candy Drops for kids, Kite Battles and Stunt Kite demonstrations and much more!

Co-presented by Japan America Society of Southern California and Up Up and Away Kite Club

For all the latest information go to:  http://www.kiteclub.org
For Information call: Up Up &; Away Kites (562) 596-7661
As always – I hope to see you all down at the beach flying – Have a great 2010
Remember: “Imagination is the Highest Kite One Can Fly” Lauren Bacall
Lots of good wishes your way
Janis Sabic – Your Kite Club President

FROM GLEN ROTHSTEIN:

Greetings!

Glen Rothstein here.  As Master of Ceremonies of the Annual Seal Beach Japan America Kite Festival, I would like to extend an invitation to all Flyers who are able to join us on Sunday, October 3rd.  We will begin festivities for the 14th year in a row around 10am (Kite Time) and continue through 5pm.

This year, we are also looking for a few additional Demo Artists to join us on Field One to share their talents and delight the Crowds.  As with any event, volunteers are also needed for the usual Ground Crew, Kite Ambassadors, Tail Chase/Candy Drop Helpers, setup and tear down, etc.

I am also putting the REV MEGA FLY on the Schedule.

If you plan on coming up to enjoy a day at the beach and discover a kite festival, PLEASE stop by my tent and say hello.

Thanking You in Advance for your Participation, Support and Passion for Kiting.

Respectfully Submitted,

Glen E. Rothstein
SBJAKF MC
http://www.vckf.org/index.html

Enjoy!

Heidi Anne Spietz

http://www.amonco.org

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The Thrill of Making and Flying Your Own Kite

One day, in June 2007, I took a stroll down Main Street in Seal Beach, California. After spending a relaxing day there, I decided to devote an article to helping you get the most out of your Seal Beach vacation experience. Yes, if you are planning to take a vacation to Southern California this summer, The Art and Science of Kite Flying article http://www.amonco.org, is a “must” read. Museums, art galleries, kite flying, hobby stores, eateries, and more are just a few of the things that await you in a town that has managed to keep its quaintness intact.

No, you won’t find a commercial shopping mall or an amusement park. Rather, you will find a relaxing environment – complete with chirping birds, beautiful flora and families happily chattering while walking down the boulevard hand in hand. Highlights of what to do and see while in Seal Beach are featured in this article. However, the true magic doesn’t begin until you have ambled down near the pier. The article focuses on the annual Seal Beach Kite Festival, the Up Up and Away Shop and the Up Up and Away Kite Club.

By reading the article, you will learn more about the magnificent annual festival and monthly kite club meetings. You will also discover how you can make and fly a customized kite in your neck of the woods, plus learn tips about which kites to buy.Take advantage of obtaining this knowledge from the experts that I interviewed. Visit http://www.amonco.org and click on The Art and Science of Kite Flying (Original 2007 Article)

Enjoy 🙂

Heidi
Visit http://www.amonco.org today!
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Montessori Summer Programs News and Resource Links

A Sampling of Montessori Schools Offering Montessori Summer Learning

Unique Montessori Summer Program in OC California

Highland Park Montessori – Summer Activities

Brooklyn Heights Montessori School Summer Programs

Waves of Wonder – Info about Summer Program

Summer Montessori Lesson Planning Ideas

From NAMC – Montessori Summer Activities: Woodworking

North American Montessori Center (NAMC): Montessori Education: Language Arts to Engage Your Students Throughout Summer

MONTESSORI LESSONS -A Summer Gardening Unit Study

AMC Montessori Summer Hands On Newsletter

Montessori Summetime Links

Enjoy!

Heidi Anne Spietz

http://www.amonco.org

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Springtime Hands On Learning for PreK – Grade 8

Please visit Springtime Hands On Learning 2011 for PreK- Grade 8/ for updated information.

Heidi
http://www.amonco.org

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Japan America Kite Festival – October 4th

The 2010 event will be held on Otober 3rd.

The Japan America Kite Festival will be held this coming Sunday, in Seal Beach, CA. It’s free and fabulous. Glen Rothstein, once again, will be the MC. Check out his website http://www.vckf.org/

For information about the upcoming Japan America Kite Festival please visit Kite Festival Info.

One day, in June 2007, I took a stroll down Main Street in Seal Beach, California. After spending a relaxing day there, I decided to devote an article to helping you get the most out of your Seal Beach vacation experience. Yes, if you are planning to take a vacation to Southern California this summer, The Art and Science of Kite Flying article http://www.amonco.org, is a “must” read. Museums, art galleries, kite flying, hobby stores, eateries, and more are just a few of the things that await you in a town that has managed to keep its quaintness intact.

No, you won’t find a commercial shopping mall or an amusement park. Rather, you will find a relaxing environment – complete with chirping birds, beautiful flora and families happily chattering while walking down the boulevard hand in hand. Highlights of what to do and see while in Seal Beach are featured in this article. However, the true magic doesn’t begin until you have ambled down near the pier. The article focuses on the annual Seal Beach Kite Festival, the Up Up and Away Shop and the Up Up and Away Kite Club.

By reading the article, you will learn more about the magnificent annual festival and monthly kite club meetings. You will also discover how you can make and fly a customized kite in your neck of the woods, plus learn tips about which kites to buy.Take advantage of obtaining this knowledge from the experts that I interviewed. Visit http://www.amonco.org and click on The Art and Science of Kite Flying (Original 2007 Article)

Enjoy 🙂

Heidi
Visit http://www.amonco.org today!
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New Sizzling Summertime Montessori Creative Lesson Planning

Visit https://montessori21stcentury.wordpress.com/2012/04/19/sizzling-summertime-2012-lesson-planning/ to access the new 2012 edition!

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